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CHRISTIAN C. MARTENS, of Bloomington, is a member of the firm of Hyde & Martens, who are successfully engaged in the manufacture of buggies, spring wagons and carriages, and also handle all kinds of farm machinery, carriage iron and wood stock.

Mr. Martens is a native of Prussia, and was born in 1854, being the son of Charles J. and Henrietta (Schroder) Martens, natives of the same country. Charles J. Martens emigrated to America in 1869, and proceeded directly westward, settling in Bloomington the following year, where he followed his profession as a musician.

The parental family consisted of eight children, five now living. The subject of this biography was the seventh child of his parents' family. He attended school until fourteen years old, then worked upon a farm one year, and afterward at blacksmithing in his native country. After arriving in Bloomington he continued as a journeyman for six years, and then formed a partnership with Mr. Hyde, which has remained until the present. Their new block was erected in 1876. They give employment usually to about fifteen men and are doing a fine business.

Mr. Martens was married in 1882, to Miss Carrie, daughter of Frederick Agle, of Bloomington, and they have one son Ernest W., who was born in 1883. Mr. Martens is Democratic in politics, and with his wife belongs to the German Lutheran Church. Their residence, situated at No. 320 South Main street, is the home of refinement and cultivated tastes, and they enjoy the friendship and association of the cultured people of Bloomington.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 355. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.

160 MARTENS, CHARLES Nat. Rec. Bk. 1853-1896 p. 405 February 26th 1876 Final Order; Declaration of Intent filed 2 yrs prior; 5 yrs residency last past in U.S.; 1 yr in Ill.; Attested to by A. H. Shope and Frederick Meyer; From Prussia. McLean County Immigration Records


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